Relapsing polychondritis in childhood: a rare observation studied by CT and MRI

Pediatr Radiol. 1992;22(7):537-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02013006.


Relapsing polychondritis is very rare in children. The diagnosis must be based on a combination of clinical and pathologic features. CT is very useful for an accurate and rapid assessment of laryngo-tracheo-bronchial involvement and the typical finding is lumen narrowing by wall thickening and collapse of the supporting cartilaginous structures. The role of MR imaging should be complementary to CT.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Polychondritis, Relapsing / diagnosis*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed